Hotel Transylvania debuted to an estimated $11 million yesterday, which tops Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs ($8.1 million) for best opening day ever for a fully-animated Sony Pictures Animation movie (though it does lag a bit behind The Smurfs' $13.3 million). Using Cloudy as a comparison (since it opened around the same time), Hotel Transylvania could be in line for over $40 million this weekend; Sony is being a bit more modest with a $38 million projection. Regardless, the movie is well-positioned to top Sweet Home Alabama's $35.6 million to claim a new record for a September opening weekend.
In second place, Looper grossed an estimated $6.9 million on its opening day. That's up on Source Code and Surrogates (both at $5.05 million) among similar sci-fi movies, though it's still less than half the opening of TriStar's 2009 sci-fi hit District 9 ($14.2 million). Looper should wind up with around $20 million for the three-day frame.
Last weekend's winner End of Watch fell 48 percent to $2.4 million for a new total of $20.6 million. House at the End of The Street dropped 50 percent to $2.33 million, while Trouble with the Curve rounded out the Top Five with $2.3 million (off 45 percent). Those two movies have now earned $17.4 million and $18.5 million, respectively.
In only 335 locations, Pitch Perfect took sixth place with an estimated $1.75 million on Friday. It should get close to $5 million for the weekend, which puts it in a really strong position ahead of its October 5th nationwide expansion.
In eight place, Won't Back Down debuted to an atrocious $921,000 from 2,515 locations. It will earn around $3 million this weekend, which will be one of the worst debuts ever for a movie in 2,500 or more theaters.
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• Forecast: 'Looper' Likely to Lose to 'Hotel Transylvania' This Weekend
• Grosses for Friday, September 28, 2012